Individuals who display the letter “Z” in Germany to symbolize support for the Russian war in Ukraine could be prosecuted, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
The interior minister for the state of Berlin had previously said that city authorities would take action against cases of Z symbols being used to support Russian aggression, following announcements by Bavaria and Lower Saxony that they would also punish the act.
A spokesman for the federal government’s Interior Ministry told reporters: “Such a letter Z is certainly not prohibited, but its use may in individual cases be a confirmation of the Russian war of aggression.”
The letter Z has been used as a mark on Russian military vehicles participating in the conflict and has been adopted by pro-war Russians, with it prominently on flags and at pro-Kremlin rallies.
“Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine is a criminal act, and anyone who openly approves of this war of aggression can also hold himself accountable for prosecution,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said at a regular government press conference.
“The federal security authorities are keeping an eye on this, and in this regard we welcome the announcement that several federal states will also examine in individual cases whether this could be a criminal act and take appropriate action,” he said.
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